North Korea calls USA terror listing a 'serious provocation'

North Korea calls USA terror listing a 'serious provocation'

North Korea calls USA terror listing a 'serious provocation'

US officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half-brother in a Malaysian airport earlier this year as an act of terrorism. North Korea's state-run organization, the Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, released a separate statement, which called for Washington to immediately withdraw its decision.

Experts say the US decision to put North Korea back on its terrorism blacklist will have limited practical effect, but may make a diplomatic solution of the standoff over its nuclear weapons program more hard.

The North Korean Central News Agency, KCNA, said the "heinous gangsters" who put North Korea on "wretched list of "terrorism" have angered Pyongyang and it will find ways to "settle all accounts".

Trump warned that the terror designation and sanctions announcement would be part of a series of moves over the next two weeks to reinforce his "maximum pressure campaign" against Kim Jong-Un's regime.

Critics contend that sanctions have not had significant impact on North Korean policies while Kim has engaged in more missile tests than were ordered by his father, Kim Jong-Il, or grandfather, the founder of the regime, Kim Il-Sung. And, according to United States officials, some Chinese-based banks and trading firms continue to do business with the North in defiance of UN sanctions and USA threats of unilateral measures.

Sudan announced last week that it would end trade and military ties with North Korea, while Egypt, Uganda, Philippines, Mexico, Peru, Kuwait and Spain expelled North Korean diplomats in September following the country's sixth nuclear test.

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These and other sanctions will surely give North Korea a hard time.

Lately there has been some increased rhetoric regarding the continued situation in North Korea. The U.S. has maintained North Korea must cease its program before negotiations can begin.

US diplomats responsible for negotiating with the North Koreans in previous years were by and large supportive of strong sanctions - and also of calling North Korea a "terror state".

Some North Korea analysts argue the state sponsor of terrorism designation and new sanctions could encourage a return to testing and belligerence from Pyongyang and discourage it from entering talks.

Trump's decision comes amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula. North Korea quickly lashed out at Trump, calling him a "kingpin of all kinds of terrorism" and accusing him of being unable to prevent terrorism in his own country. One of his favorite comments is the US should have re-designated North Korea as a sponsor of terror "a long time ago" - that was a dig against Obama's policy of "strategic patience" in dealing with the North.

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